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BIBLE TEXT: 1 Peter 1 6:7 (NLT): “So be truly glad, there is a wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold – though your faith is far more precious than mere gold.”
PERSONAL REFLECTION: I have highlighted 5 words in the above scripture that really stick out to me. God has promised us that we will have to endure many trials and that is something we can all raise our hand to when asked. I have also highlighted that our faith is being tested and purified like gold. The refinement process of gold removes impurities or imperfections. The process takes “several” stages of being put into the fire “for a little while,” removed from the fire, hardened, and put back in. A wonderful joy ahead tells me that I will be perfect in HIS image one day.
God is teaching us that trials will come. In fact, many will. God is also teaching us that through these trials, there will be opportunities for us to learn something, strengthen weak areas, or sometimes He revisits areas where we have “assumed” our arrival. This entire process is a VERY beautiful thing…and just think, our faith is much more precious than gold.
PERSONAL APPLICATION: The year 2011 was a tough year financially for my business, and it directly affected my family. I had many stages of heat during this process, and I truly feel that God removed us long enough to harden, inspect, and put back in the fire to purify more. He tells me in this passage that trials last a “little while” and yes, they do…in His time. In our time, (well, my time) it seemed forever. During this process that I like to call refinement, I began to hear what God was trying to teach me, and my wife, Alicia, began to hear the same things. We started the “shave the fat” process in our life and began to realize what WAS stealing time from God and also each other. God began to teach Alicia and I to “trust” Him for everything and in every situation. I tell you all of this to say that Alicia and I have been been put into the fire, only to be removed a more beautiful marriage. We have NOT arrived, but we have learned a very valuable lesson. That lesson is that a united home is a powerful home, praying together is even more powerful, and that God is TRULY faithful to his children.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, I am truly grateful to be allowed in your presence. Lord, I am grateful that you love me enough to spend the time on me to teach me things. Lord, I am truly trying to change my attitude in the tests that you send my way because I know that you have shown yourself faithful to me EVERY TIME. Father, thank you for the strong woman that you have put into my life and I ask that we will continue to seek your face together. I ask that You will make the Holy Spirit stronger in me every day, and as always Lord, put someone in my path that you see fit. In Jesus’s mighty, mighty name I pray… Amen.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: I’m just a guy that loves Jesus. And that’s pretty much it!